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FC: The West and American Indian Experience


9 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions.

Grade: 8th Grade

Weeks: 2

Pages: 117

Standards: 8.9h, 8.10a-d

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC811


Following the Civil War, there was an enormous surge of westward migration that satisfied some Americans’ notion of “Manifest Destiny.” Federal land grants and subsidies encouraged settlement and railroad development in the West, which also saw increased mining, agricultural, and ranching operations as a result of new technology. The way Americans saw themselves and their role in the world changed as a result of this westward movement. Conflicts with Native Americans, immigrant groups, and the increasingly industrialized east coast occurred even though some people discovered a more egalitarian society.

9 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions.

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include:

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned to the standards and frameworks.
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned to the new LDOE field test.
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 8.9 Analyze the social, political, and economic changes that developed in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
  • 8.9h. Explain the origins and development of Louisiana public colleges and universities, including land grant institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and regional universities.
  • 8.10 Analyze ideas and events related to the expansion of the United States during the late nineteenth century and early 20th century.
  • 8.10a. Explain the motivations for migration to and settlement of the West by various groups, including Exodusters, and how their motivations relate to the American Dream.
  • 8.10b. Analyze Frederick Turner’s “The Significance of the Frontier in American History.”
  • 8.10c. Analyze how lives of Native Americans changed as a result of westward expansion and U.S. policies, including extermination of the buffalo, reservation system, Dawes Act, and assimilation.
  • 8.10d. Analyze the causes and effects of conflict between Native Americans and the U.S. government and settlers during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, including the Battle of Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee and subsequent treaties.

Framing Question

How did Westward Expansion transform the United States?

Supporting Questions

  1. What were the motivations for migration westward
  2. What types of jobs were created because of Westward Expansion?
  3. What technological innovations were created as a result of expansion westward?
  4. What was life like in the West?
  5. To what degree did different groups experience equality and inequality in the West?
  6. How did the idea Manifest Destiny, and the reality of westward expansion affect the indigenous people of the western frontier?
  7. What effect did the Western frontier have on America and how was it reflected in its art?



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